Arjan Vissink Receives the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Salivary Research


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March 23, 2017

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Arjan Vissink with the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Salivary Research. He was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 95th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif., USA. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 41st Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

Vissink is professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and professor of oral medicine at University Medical Center, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Groningen, The Netherlands. He received his D.M.D. from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he also completed a residency in radiobiology. Afterward, he completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University Medical Center, Groningen, The Netherlands prior to receiving his M.D. in medicine from the same university.

Vissink has been involved in salivary research since graduating as a dentist. His career began with the development of a mucin-containing saliva substitute—a substitute with wetting and rheological properties resembling human saliva. Next, he studied the mechanism and prevention of irradiation-damage to salivary gland tissue. He also studied the effects of ionizing radiation on salivary secretion, salivary composition and salivary gland tissue.

Furthering his research in salivary research, Vissink has been involved in Sjögren’s syndrome research for a number of years and has studied changes in salivary secretion and composition as well as changes occurring in salivary gland tissue itself. These observations allowed him to study the effects of intervention therapy with biologicals in Sjögren’s syndrome. Currently, he is a co-principal investigator in a large international trial on validating salivary biomarkers for the purpose of diagnosing Sjögren’s syndrome.

Having authored/co-authored more than 500 peer reviewed scientific papers and numerous book chapters on salivary research, oncology and implant dentistry, Vissink is an expert in the field. Additionally, he has edited more than 20 books and supervised 30 completed Ph.D. theses.

The IADR Salivary Research Award was designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding and innovative achievements that have contributed to the basic understanding of the salivary gland structure, secretion, and function, or salivary composition and function. It consists of a monetary prize and a plaque, and is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, representing one of the highest honors bestowed by the IADR.

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